At least seven are killed in an attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital.
Islamist militants, said to be linked with terrorist group Al Shabaab, stormed a hotel popular with lawmakers, journalists and business people in Mogadishu, spraying bullets and setting off a car bomb, then trapping a group that included government officials. Special forces then arrived and reportedly killed six of nine militants.
4 hours ago
US senator Harry Reid announces his upcoming retirement.
Governments are warned that Thai aviation standards are not up to snuff.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is advising governments of “significant safety concerns” regarding Thailand’s commercial airlines. Japan is now blocking new flights originating in Thailand and South Korea may do the same. Thailand’s prime minister says an overhaul of his country’s aviation department is imminent.
March 27, 2015
The Germanwings co-pilot appears to have had a medical condition.
Andreas Lubitz, thought to have deliberately crashed a plane, killing 150, had a doctor’s note excusing him from work that day, and may have been hiding a medical condition from his employer. Also, raw data from the plane’s transponder indicate that someone did indeed manually set the plane’s course to crash.
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Blackberry reports a surprise quarterly profit.
With earnings of $28 million, or 5 cents a share, the struggling smartphone maker has something to show for its continued cost-cutting efforts. The turnaround in profit, however, was coupled with a dramatic slide in revenue: $660 million compared with $793 million in the year-ago quarter, well below the $786 million analysts expected.
March 27, 2015
Meerkat raises $14 million to compete with Twitter.
The live-streaming video service’s CEO Ben Rubin announced the fundraising round via a Meerkat live video. Meerkat has been in business for less than a month, and the funding comes after Twitter debuted Periscope, its own live-streaming service.
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Almost 20% of the UK’s electricity last year came from renewables.
Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said the army would send troops to fight Houthi rebels “if necessary.” This would represent a major escalation, and the conflict in Yemen could become a proxy war between Iranian-allied forces and Iran’s rivals in the Middle East.